Snowball Safety

January 25, 2018

Did you know? Snowballs can Smack

The fact is that children will always enjoy a good romp in the snow, making snow forts, snow angels and throwing snowballs. According to the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP) most injuries involving snowballs cause eye injury (50 percent); so please advise your children to play safe. Tell them to never aim for the head and then enforce the rules. Do not use snowballs that contain chunks of ice or other debris.

Most schoolyards enforce a ban on throwing snowballs, since too many incidents occur at school (41 percent). Help support this safety rule by reminding your kids about the dangers of snowballs hitting the head, face or neck.

Since most injuries occur in the 10 to 14 years of age category (with a higher percentage of boys being injured), be sure to remind your older kids as well. Snowballs should never be thrown at people, pets or cars. The best snowball throwing activity would involve using a target such as a tire swinging from a tree branch or a row of plastic containers